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An Estenson Journey to America

According to Aunt Clara in the Borreson-Estenson family history Homestead, Bertinus Estenson and his family had a contract to sail from Norway April 15, 1875. He was 33 years old. With him were his parents, his brother Peter, and step-brother … Continue reading

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On the Green Bay and Western Railroad

When ski jumping was in its heyday in Trempealeau County, the railroad was ready to step up and transport passengers to the excitement. On page 68 in my book LOOK OUT BELOW! Ski Jumping in Western Wisconsin’s Trempealeau County, I … Continue reading

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Syverine at Northern Colony

A very different chapter in the Borreson family story was the stay of Syverine Marie, Emil’s older sister, at Northern Colony or the “Wisconsin Home for the Feeble Minded” at Chippewa Falls. In an earlier post, I indicated the possibility … Continue reading

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A Death in 1909

Do a search in this blog for “Emma Borreson” and you’ll read news of our grandfather Emil’s sister who married Carl Olson in 1907, moved to South Dakota with her husband, and then died by drowning in 1909. When I … Continue reading

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Homesteading in Saskatchewan

After discovering that Bernhardt Hjalmer Borresen homesteaded in Saskatchewan, Canada, I wondered what I’d learn if I sent for a copy of the homestead papers held in the provincial archives. What I received was a pleasant surprise! (Remember that Bernhardt … Continue reading

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A Borresen in Ponteix

Bernt Borresen, Emil’s uncle and baptismal sponsor at Halfway Creek in La Crosse in 1872, remains something of a tantalizing mystery. He married Clara Olson, had five children, and worked for the railroad in La Crosse, Wisconsin, for some years. … Continue reading

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Borreson Cousins Reunion 2016

On Saturday, June 25, a number of the Borreson cousins and family members met for a reunion in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The day was a hot one, very hot, but delicious food, good conversation, and excellent planning by Joyce … Continue reading

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